As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. 4 The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” 5 But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. Acts 28: 3 & 4
We were blessed with a guest speaker on Sunday at church named Tim Bittle. He is a Pastor who just planted a church in San Francisco! He has spoken at church and our youth camps before. We really like him.
This Sunday’s message was so ON POINT for things that me and my friends have been dealing with in life.
Tim talked about shaking off the attack of the enemy. In the Scripture I posted above, we see a snake attack Paul, but he just shook it off. This was just after the ship he was in shipwrecked into this island after 2 weeks of nothing but storms.
During the storms, God told him that he was going to Rome to preach. So, Paul had confidence that he would not die in that storm.
That same confidence caused him to shake off the snake when it bit him.
Tim’s 3 points for how to shake off a storm/ attack are:
- Stay hot. You see the snake didn’t come out of the fire until it was too hot. As lukewarm Christians, the enemy isn’t concerned with us. If we are hot, he will attack, but being hot is the best way to fight. It means we are on fire for God and willing to fight!
- Remember Rome. Paul knew in his heart that God told him he would preach in Rome, Since that had not happened yet, he wasn’t worried about anything taking him out. He KNEW God’s plans, he believed it, and kept moving forward.n God has a plan for you too. So focused on it, and know that the end result is worth going through the storm for.
- Greater is HE that is in you, than he that is in the world. The enemy can not be every where all the time. He recycles his schemes. He can not create and he can not do anything new. Therefore, remember the authority and power in you. You have the Holy Spirit in you! You can command and declare things to leave in Jesus name.
I’m just here to tell you, going through storms SUCKS! It is not fun by any stretch of the imagination….
We serve an amazing, loving, honest Father who has plans for us. He does not cause the attacks and He is always there as we go through them.
I know my storms have caused me to be a stronger person. Sometimes, even Spiritual gifts are activated during storms.
God promises in Romans 8:28 to turn all the bad around for our good for those who love Him. He keeps His promises!
Shake off whatever storm or attack you are currently experiencing. Keep moving forward.
God’s got you!
God bless you today and always!